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Outside Xbox is a website and YouTube channel hosted by Mike Channell, Jane Douglas, and Andy Farrant with video editing by James Hills and produced by Jon Garnham. The hosts cover primarily Xbox 360 and Xbox One games and create list features, a weekly show called "Show of the Week," and Let's Play videos, as well as occasional videos on game previews, snippets of gameplay, tips, guides, and achievements.

It has three spinoff channels, and one podcast:

  • Outside Xtra, which allows the cast to discuss gaming topics that aren't necessarily relevant to Xbox games, and is presented by Ellen Rose and Luke Westaway.
  • OxShorts is a channel where the crew upload Behind-the-scenes shenanigans (such as delving into their backrooms and showing off what they find), released in one-minute-long videos to accommodate for Youtube Shorts.
  • Oxventure is an Actual Play channel where the cast play Tabletop RPGs. The flagship series is a Dungeons & Dragons campaign that originated as a one-shot special episode to celebrate Outside Xbox achieving two million subscribers, and has now been running for over five years. It now exists in podcast form as well.

See also PlayStation Access, a similar show, also UK based, but focusing on the PlayStation line. (Outside Xbox was initially founded by Xbox as a rival to Playstation Access, but Outside Xbox split away from Xbox and got bought by Eurogamer, and the two channels no longer operate as direct competitors, getting along rather well.)

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  • 419 Scam: The intro of "7 Jerks Who Tricked You Into Doing Terrible Things" has Mike talk about how people can tell you to do stupid things like share bank account details with someone claiming to be a prince.
  • '80s Hair: Parodied in a Show of the Week discussing 80s-themed Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, with a VHS tape of an 80s-era Outside Xbox episode. Yes, before the Xbox was released. Jane's hair is blonde and makes her look like the main singer of Kajagoogoo.
  • '90s Hair: During COVID-19 quarantine, Luke could not go to the hairdresser and therefore grew his hair out, swapping his short-back-and-sides hairdo for a longer set of shaggy curtains that would not have looked amiss on a Backstreet Boy. It was generally considered to be a good look, and remained until mid-2021, at which point he returned to his former quiff.
  • Accidental Misnaming: In the video introducing the hosts of Outside Xtra, they jokingly misname Mike as "Mick".
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • Mike blowing up "The Chef" Elusive Target in Hitman with a Remote Explosive Duck, and somehow only killing the chef, not harming his entourage, and being able to walk away without being noticed. This coming from a person who not even a few seconds earlier, struggled to work out the inventory controls for equipping the Explosive Duck.
    Andy: Man, this is bull-Sound-Effect Bleep, how do I walk around the level and make all these plans and you just throw a duck at someone.
    Mike: I knew my playstyle would finally... pay off once. And this is it!
    • He does it again in the Dartmoor level of Hitman 3, where he got a Silent Assassin rating and five stars, despite having almost no idea what he was doing and firing a shotgun blast in Alexa's office to drop the chandelier on her.
  • Acting Unnatural: When his character is in disguise in games like Hitman and Grand Theft Auto Online, Andy will often keep up a running commentary of his character's awkward attempts to interact innocently with other characters.
  • Agent Mulder: Discussed during an Halloween livestream, when Luke decided to dress as Mulder for a costume.
    Andy: What's going to happen is all of the aliens will leave and then five minutes later, Scully walks in.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invokedIn the Mario franchise, Luigi is a Shell-Shocked Veteran and Peach is a sadistic tyrant. And let's not even get started on Ninji's whole situation.
  • Angrish: When a Sentret flees in the Pokémon GO Generation 2 catch race, Ellen stomps off muttering furious gibberish.
  • Animal Motifs: Luke is associated with birds: he has a particular expression that Ellen calls his "angry owl face," and has made a Running Gag out of flamingos. Ellen herself is often associated with cats (and occasionally geese).
  • Apologetic Attacker: Both Jane and Mike apologise profusely as they kill the infected victims in Hitman (2016): Patient Zero.
  • April Fools' Day: The 2017 April 1st episode of Outside Xtra's "Show of the Weekend" began with a prank that revealed that the whole 'second channel' thing was itself apparently just an elaborate prank on the audience orchestrated by the Outside Xbox hosts. Unfortunately for them, Mike forgot to tell Luke and Ellen that the whole thing was just a prank and that their jobs weren't real...
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Before discussing Armed and Dangerous's Shark Gun on 7 Horrible Weapons You're Definitely the Bad Guy for Using, Andy discusses what happens if a weapon that reverses gravity brings realistic side effects: countless bystanders will likely die, the planet destabilizes, crops fail, and shoes become hats.
  • Artifact Title: From the channel's website:
    Andy was part of the original UK Inside Xbox team, which was both wildly popular and the reason for Outside Xbox's now faintly ridiculous name.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In Show Of The Weekend 15 Sep 2018, Ellen is so overjoyed upon hearing that THQ Nordic have acquired the IP rights of Kingdoms Of Amalur that she turns into an entity of pure bliss. Upon hearing that Forcier still owns the publishing rights, and therefore there's not much chance of a remaster or a sequel being made, she reverts back to normal in sheer anger and attacks Luke for telling her this.
  • Ascended Extra: Having gained attention for creating the artwork for the team's Dungeons & Dragons adventures, which have been used on the channel since A Spot of Bother, Bendix later appeared alongside Mike & Luke in the July 27th 2018 livestreams.
  • Ascended Glitch: When doing a Let's Play Of Kingdoms Of Amalur, the subtitles for the NPC dialogue fragment "time for work, boys" stayed on screen for ages. This was eventually made into a T-shirt.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Mike sometimes acts like this. Especially when the "shiny" object in question is a car or related to cars. Andy has a similar reaction towards historical topics, such as the wild west.
  • Audience Participation:
    • Some lists on both Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra have a Commenter edition, which list characters, games, or other moments not touched on in the original list that commenters feel were left out of the list. The viewers that suggest these are credited for the entry along with their comment.
    • Every Show of the Week/End's third act is reading and responding to commenters.
    • Commenters got to name Marston's horse in the Red Dead Redemption playthrough. The current favourite is Horse-on Welles.
    • Their live-streams also tend to double as Q&A sessions for their commenters, at times to the point where they'll get so caught up in a discussion stemming from one of the questions that the game they're currently playing becomes a bit of an afterthought.
  • Author Appeal:
    • All five hosts have at least one favorite game that they can't stop gushing about:
      • Andy's favourite is Red Dead Redemption . The Let's Play for that game seems to exist primarily because it's one of Andy's favourite games and he lost his 100% save.
      • Jane's favourite is Mass Effect. She did several Let's Play about Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda, did a whole video about Artistic License – Space to talk about Mass Effect 2 and another to talk about her Andromeda's space training.
      • Mike's favourite is Forza. He's also very keen on Dark Souls.
      • Luke's favourite is The Legend Of Zelda. While not exactly a favourite, it's also a bit of a running gag that he is apparently the only member of the Outside X-team that likes Super Mario Sunshine. He's also a huge fan of FromSoft games along with Mike, in particular Elden Ring having trained novice Ellen in the titles.
      • Ellen's favourite is frequently presented as being Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It is revealed in one video that there is apparently a protocol banning Ellen from mentioning it simply because she'd take every opportunity she could to gush about it.note  She's also very fond of the Assassin's Creed and Tomb Raider games. Also, due to her fondness for cats, she is rendered completely insensate by Stray, that included a video of her gushing over the protagonist cat over a hundred times in two hours.
      • James has been mentioned to like EVE Online. He's also fond of Football Manager. When asked why he likes it, he responds "Because it is good,"
        Commenter: Give that man a seat on the sofa!
      • Producer Jon is also fond of The Legend Of Zelda. Specifically, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
    • In non-game related examples:
      • Andy's specialist subject is historynote , and he seems to have particular fondness for pirates and cowboys.
      • Mike loves cars and knows a lot about them. If there's a car-themed entry on a list video, there's a good chance Mike will be the one hosting it. He's also done many different videos dedicated entirely to car games (and one counting down Artistic License – Cars transgressions in games).
      • Luke loves dinosaurs (except for Tricky) and 18th century sailing ships, and appears to have a fondness for LEGO as well. At one point, he remarked his favorite historical figure is Admiral Horatio Nelson. His favorite play is Les Misérables
      • Jane has a master's degree in physics and knows quite a bit about particle physics and astrophysics. Typically, scientific discussions in video games have her take center stage.
      • Ellen is really into cute animals, particularly cats. During "Showdown of the Weekend 2018", Luke mentions that she's told him about every cat she's ever met, and guesses that the answer about her having a small dog thrown at her is false, because she would have mentioned the breed.
        Ellen: If there's any opportunity for me to make a fuss about a cute animal, then I will take it.
  • Author Tract: Their "7 Funny Easter Eggs That Were Shady In-Jokes" video is all about dark in-jokes and Easter eggs in games. One example from The Witcher 3 is a quest called "The Tower Outta Nowheres", which, as Andy explains, is a thinly-veiled dig at Game DRM turned into a playable mission. The tower in question is protected with a Defense Regulatory Magicon spell, which has stopped a wizard who purchased it pre-owned from accessing the tower. Geralt must defeat it with the help of a magical book called "Gottfrieds Omni-opening Grimoire", which, by complete chance has the same initials as (owned by Witcher publisher CD Projekt) then defeat the monster inside said tower. Once completed, the tower disappears, and Geralt is dumped unceremoniously into a lake.
  • Ax-Crazy: Ellen has literallynote  tried to kill Luke with a hatchet on-screen twice.
    Luke: I'm not sure I would say 'for every occasion.' I really feel like there's one occasion that's catered to here, and it's the murder of me. By Ellen.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": The video introducing Outside Xtra has a segment where the Oxbox team introduce the new hosts "in their own words" while obviously reading from scripts and using hammy unnatural body language.
    • Also "Seven Heroes Who Were Terrible Actors".
  • Bad Boss: Played for laugh, as with everything else. The Oxbox team in general and Jane in particular. So far, Luke and Ellen have mentioned that they had to work over Easter or Jane would feed them to the Mimics from Prey (2017); Jane's Suspiciously Specific Denial of doing something to Luke; Mike and Andy are mind-controlling Luke with a mirror The Last Guardian's style; Jane has inflicted "productivity scorpions" on the Xtra team. Both Luke and Ellen also live in terror of being sent "back to the video game mines" if their channel doesn't perform up to snuff. Luke is also contractually obligated to carry the Oxbox team around on piggy-back on demand.
  • Batman Gambit: When Alex Lolies from Dicebreaker joins the group for a game of Werewolf, she pulls off a masterful ploy against the Outside Xbox/Xtra crew to catch the werewolf, believing that Johnny was the least likely to be the Werewolf she levelled an accusation against them to see which other players would agree with her, which causes Jane to reveal herself and win Lolies the game.
  • Beach Episode: Mocked by Mike when Jane suggested Mike's cinematic intro to a racing event was an anime she and Andy would watch.
    Mike: Let's go to the beach and not advance the plot!
    Andy: Man, I hate these filler episodes.
  • Berserk Button: Each host seems to have one regarding inaccuracies, whether they see it in a game, or are told it by someone else. Andy's is historical or literary inaccuracy, Mike's is vehicle inaccuracy, Jane's is scientific inaccuracy, and Luke's is paleontological inaccuracy (i.e. getting dinosaurs wrong).
    • Luke has a special one in the frost troll the Seven Thousand Steps up The Throat of the World mountain in Skyrim, bringing it up across multiple list features and livestreams. This culminates in an epic Big "NO!" moment when he encounters the troll completely by accident while doing Christmas challenges.
  • Big "NEVER!": In their "7 Spammy Moves You Loved to Spam" video, Andy hosts an entry featuring Scorpion's famous Spear special move.
    Andy: When you think of great harpoons in works of fiction, as I often do, there are a few standouts. Ahab's harpoon from Moby-Dick, Jason's harpoon from Friday the 13th, Edward Kenway's harpoon in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. I could go on, and I do on my Tumblr,
    Mike: [off-screen] Stop plugging your harpoon Tumblr!
    Andy: [shakes fist] Never!
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    Ellen: Mais le petit chat est trop beau! [angrily] Je veux le chat!note 
    • Their stream of the 2021 Xbox E3 showcase had Arabic subtitles which were impossible to change or remove. The bonus was strongest during the Stalker 2 trailer, in which the Arabic subtitles overrode the English subtitles for the Russian dialogue. Mike said "At least the viewers will all have learned Arabic by the end of the show."
  • Black Comedy Burst: Some pitches during the "Patently Stupid" livestream evoke this. Hate the sound of traffic? Get Andy's Belmet, a helmet containing stinging bees, and then traffic noises are now the lesser concern. Can't fit into shoes? Mike's Ankle Grinder saws off a bit of your foot.
  • Bond One-Liner: On "Show of the Week" for Blood Dragon, the OxBox crew try their hand at coming up with Bond One-Liners, and discover it's a lot harder than it looks.
  • Brain Bleach:
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In their "7 Dumbest Mistakes by Evil Corporations in Videogames" list, Jane details the thought process of a hypothetical recent college graduate who's been hired by ExoGeni Corporations:
    Jane: "Sounds great!", you thought, taking that graduate job with them fresh out of college. "I'm going to make a difference in this galaxy!", you thought. "There's no way they'll turn me into a hive-mind plant zombie in a secret off-world experiment!", you thought.
  • Brick Joke: Xtra jokes tend to get at least one secondary appearance: the time-travel Pikachu, Luke's time trapped in the studio over Christmas, getting trapped in shipping containers, Bud Fensler, the Secret Order of Early Festivities, and so on.
    • "7 Beloved Features Bizarrely Cut From the Sequel" opens with Ellen pitching "mortgages for dogs" as an example of a good idea that bizarrely hasn't caught on. The seventh and final topic of the video is the dogs in Watch_Dogs 2, prompting Luke to go on a rant about how dogs never have to pay for their accommodation, referring to them as "furry little mortgage-dodgers".
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Andy and Jane take potshots at Emperor Palpatine in "7 Games That Fixed Screw-Ups With a Re-Release."
    Game narration: You are now the Emperor's Voice.
    Jane: I am? Good! Your voice sucked! "Dewit." "Dewit." (unintelligible, sinister noises)
    Andy: (joins in from offscreen)
    • In the Link's Awakening streams, Ellen gives Crazy Tracy a roughly-Essex accent.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • While Jane and Andy have their mishaps, no one suffers more than Mike Channell.
    • As the recent hires and junior members of the team, whenever Outside Xtra hosts Ellen and Luke show up they tend to be (jokingly) treated as dogsbodies.
    • During their third livestream of Among Us, Mike was the first player killed four times in a row over the course of several games. In the next game, he managed to avoid it by being the Imposter...and then he got found out and was ejected. Then, in their fourth livestream, while Mike was able to enjoy several victories as both the crewmate and the Imposter, Ellen took the mantle of "being the first to be killed".
    Johnny: Can we all agree that, next game, no one kills Mike unless it would be really funny.
  • Butterface: In one Show of the Week focusing on Grand Theft Auto V, Mike, who has Grand Theft Auto Fever, briefly sees Roman Bellic's face on Jane's body.
  • The Cameo:
    • Before being "revealed" in the 2M subscribers video, James Hill had a couple of appearances in some comedic bits. In one, Andy demonstrated his nodding-through-interview technique with him, and in another, he's a Pokémon GO player who wandered in the studio. He also had an entire series to himself in 2013 in which he played State of Decay.
    • Ellen first appeared on the channel playing Rise of the Tomb Raider co-op with Andy several weeks before Outside Xtra was announced, while Ellen was still part of Xbox On.
    • Johnny Chiodini, formerly of Eurogamer and Dicebreaker, served as Dungeon Master for almost all of the various Dungeons & Dragons adventures, as well as being a player character in the Blades in the Dark spinoff.
    • Rob Pearson from PlayStation Access made a quick cameo on two separate occasions; in a video about weird game cameos, and in this video about characters being good at sniping.
    • Aoife Wilson, of Eurogamer, is a semi-frequent guest: She accompanied Luke on the Resident Evil 7 live-action tour, performed a discussion with Luke on their shared love of Bloodborne, and took over as Ellen's tutor in "Ellen's Souls Academy" when Luke was out on paternity leave.
    • Ian Higton, also of Eurogamer, was in a livestream with Mike and Ellen when playing a Hot Wheels deathmatch game, and, along with Aoife, plays in Among Us tournaments.
    • Bendix, who works for Eurogamer and created much of the art for the Dungeons and Dragons series, appeared in the July 27th 2018 livestreams
    • Ben Borthwick accompanying them for their early forays into GTA Online
    • Alex Lolies and Michael "Wheels" Whelan also join in on Among Us tournaments. The former also joined in a game of Werewolf, while the latter came into the studio to play a tabletop game with Luke and Ellen in 2019 when no video games were released in a week for them to discuss.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Whenever they're doing a Let's Play of a military-themed game (such as Battlefield 1) and screw up in a humiliating fashion, the player (usually either Mike or Andy) will often quip "And that was my war."
    • "Loophole!" for when discussing Batman's no kill rule.
    • Whenever a video game character gets too bothersome with their demands, they will, more often Jane, sarcastically remark they want " a moon on a stick".
    • Any time a player character is forced to hide within a box, crate or similar from numerous enemies hunting them, most likely after an attempt at stealth gone badly wrong, the player will remark that "this is my life now".
    • Particularly disastrous moments in playthroughs will often be met with some variation of "It's fine, everything's fine."
    • Luke has a tendency to plaintively ask "Why do we fight?" whenever he's trying to weasel out of a combat scenario that isn't going very well for him.
    • Things going wrong for either the characters in-game or the hosts out of it will be met with "This is the one thing we didn't want to happen."
    • Luke and Andy really like the phrase "Wellity wellity wellity" for some reason.
    • Averted with "That's freaky-deaky!", which Luke tries to put forward as Ellen's catchphrase over her vociferous objections.
    • Ellen is prone to asking "how in the heckins" she'll do something.
  • Cat Smile: Ellen's got one, because of course she has. The placeholder photo that shows up before livestreams is the most obvious example, but it really comes out in the "7 Tortured Acronyms" video.
  • Chess with Death: In one Show Of The Week focusing on Darksiders 2, Mike plays video games with the Reaper to get him to revisit his friends as a ghost.
  • Chirping Crickets: In the "7 Crazy Witcher Moments" video, when Mike comments that the unicorn incident from The Witcher "gives a whole new meaning to 'horny on mane.'"
  • Christmas Creep: Mike alludes to the Easter equivalent, describing Ready Player One as having "more Easter Eggs than supermarket shelves in January".
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • Jane opens the Show of the Week with the Titanfall Drinking Game with an incredibly profane rant about nothing in particular.
    • During a video in which Mike previews the bosses of Cuphead, there’s quite a lot of swearing due to how challenging they are.
    • During one show, Andy mentions that he has to censor James whenever he talks, because if his voice is heard, they have to pay him more. James responds with a censored rant so profane it disturbs both Andy and Mike.
    • From the "7 Annoying Enemy Types" video, Ellen is not a fan of the explosive Personal Space Invader enemies from Control.
      Ellen: (flailing) Aaagh! F(bleep) piss sh(bleep) (bleep) aagh! (pulls herself together) I mean, bloody hell.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Jane is prone to this when her mad scientist persona is being played up, such as by claiming everyone's food as part of an "experiment".
  • Comically Missing the Point: The "Sequels That Flipped the Script" video includes a sidebar in which Andy remarks on the fact that the game Battlefield 2 was the sequel was not Battlefield or Battlefield 1, but Battlefield 1942 — which he pronounces as if it were the sequel to 1,941 earlier Battlefield games.
  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: Admittedly, games like Dishonored, Hitman (2016) and Hitman 2 often allow or require this, but few players make it into an art form like Mike "stealth" Channell does. Have a look (this video includes a couple from Andy and Jane as well).
  • Crack Defeat: This happens a lot during streams of Mario Party, when the player who played the worst tends to end up winning.
  • Curse Cut Short: At the very end of Show of the Week for 9 February 2018, Andy finally gets access to gaming news:
  • Cute Kitten:
    • "7 Stupidest Ways Humanity Got Destroyed" starts with Ellen saying "There's never a good way for humanity to be wiped out, unless it's some kind of kitten supernova."
    • Stray also has Ellen gush over the cat about a thousand times over 8 hours of play.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Fairly common, especially in Xtra videos. If a character has a cute pet, there will be cooing. Consider yourself warned. Ellen in particular is susceptible.
  • Darker and Edgier: Invoked In-Universe by Ellen when discussing Dark Souls, when she made Luke take a cute animal mascot he created in the style of Crash Bandicoot and turn him into a terrifying Dark Souls boss.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: In the 12 Evil Achievements for Heartless Bastards, Andy explains the appropriately named achievement: "Dastardly" from Red Dead Redemption, which sees you hogtie-ing a woman to some train tracks, and watch them get run over. Andy then quickly reveals the correct way of watching is by twirling an old-timey moustache and laughing evilly at your deed. Cue Andy doing exactly that.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All three engage in this but Jane stands out to the point that her character was used to demonstrate the sarcastic options in Fallout 4.
  • Death Glare: Luke tries to historically justify the anachronistic nature of For Honor to Andy while suffering under a near constant glare of seething disapproval. Andy also got to pull it out when Ellen made a Norse myth pun related to God of War (PS4) (asking if Luke was Loki excited, or Hela excited), prompting her to attempt to hide behind Luke.
  • Disappointed in You: In "6 Annoying Kids Who Make Us Glad We Don't Babysit Anymore", Ellen says "I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed." Beat "FURIOUSLY disappointed."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Another player wrecks a heist they're doing in Grand Theft Auto Online, so Mike decides to blow a cool half mil on hitting him with a Kill Sat.
    • In "7 Bosses You Could Only Run From," Andy fires both Luke and Ellennote  for making too many puns.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Ellen has to put a penny in a jar every time she gets distracted by how dreamy she finds the Outsider from Dishonored.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: There was no "Show of the Weekend" on 12th May 2018. The reason given was "a dog ate it." There was a Clip Show instead.
  • Don't Try This at Home:
    • The team sometimes make cocktails from video games. Some go better than others.
      • After misreading the recipe for a cocktail led to putting a handful of nutmeg into the cocktail shaker - which is a legitimately toxic amount of nutmeg to put into anything - a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen stated "Spoiler: This is a dangerous amount of nutmeg. Like seriously, a dangerous amount. Do not eat this much nutmeg ever."
      • Their video of the Dragon Flame cocktail from Hitman 2 included the "don't try this at home" warning because it is vile: it includes chili and raw egg and looks like vomit.
    • "7 Funniest Minigames Where Hurting Yourself Was the Point" had this warning stated in video before introducing the first item. Given that the video was discussing games where one would get hurt on purpose, it's completely justified.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: After the 2018 Xmas Charades game, when the Outside Xbox team narrowly miss coming back to win after a good second round, in the spirit of good sportsmanship Luke claims that Outside Xbox won a moral victory even if they didn't win the game overall. Unfortunately, he underestimates the lack of good sportsmanship on the part of the Outside Xbox team, particularly Andy, as they start dancing around and gloating as if they had won an actual victory. This prompts Luke to offer the amendment that it becomes less of a moral victory the more Andy gloats, before finally swearing off claiming moral victories altogether.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Basically everyone. Lampshaded by Jane, while being strafed by a fighter jet in Grand Theft Auto Online:
    Jane: I'm trying to drive erratically, but it's no more or less erratic than I usually drive.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • Jane, Andy, and Mike originally shot their videos standing while facing the camera full-on. It took a while before they started sitting in the wooden chair they now use.
    • The Outside Xtra's introduction video implied that the Outside Xbox crew are their puppet forced to stick to their script. Compare that to their current status as the Oxbox team's Butt-Monkey.
    • Early episodes of "Show of the Week" tended to go to more places in the studio and feature things like tips for completing achievements, general game news, and so forth. The presenters also used to swap around in the different sections more, and the furnishings and general studio appearance was also quite different. Over time, they adopted a tighter format involving two presenters starting on the standard green couch discussing the game of the week, one presenter meeting the third by the bookcase to go through a feature (or, later, a challenge) and the user comments, before the first two presenters meet back on the couch to close the episode.
    • The channel also initially featured more behind-the-scenes content related to the games they were discussing, including interviews with the production teams. This is a lot rarer now.
    • Swearing is normally both rare and censored nowadays, but this video from 2012 and this video from 2013 both have open swears; the first in a clip from a game, and the second in the voiceover.
  • Eat Me: "Seven Bosses You Killed From The Inside Out, Ew".
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Ellen's crush on the Outsider notwithstanding, there are a couple of passers-by in the "Ducktales Karaoke" video who are clearly checking out Andy and/or Jane as they're singing.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Discussed by Ellen and Luke while discussing names for cats. They both lose it at "Tray Bake."note 
  • Egopolis: Oxboxford, the team's project in Cities: Skylines is very much this, with the OX roadways, and the giant statue. It does, however, overlap with Wretched Hive in this case, with the university (and sole educational facility) called the Jane Douglas Institute, the hospital Dr Andy's Horrortorium, and the crematorium Mike's Grill.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Everyone considers Mike's In-Universe to be a game of PAYDAY 2 when he throws a grenade to alert an entire bank about five seconds after the mission starts.
      Andy: Yeah, Mike, what happened here?
    • The time that Jane tried to parachute into a military base in Grand Theft Auto V only to mistime the landing and face-plant straight into the ground and lose a life also tends to get mentioned quite frequently. As does the time Jane once tried to bail out of a jet plane she was flying only to get hit and killed by her own plane while doing so.
    • Ellen and Luke's Christmas challenges are played head-to-head, and twice, Luke had soundly thrashed her. The first was a footrace from Helgen to Riften in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and the second was sneaking up on a deer in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and riding it to Kakariko Village. Luke clocked in at five minutes in compared to Ellen's almost-thirty.
    • Also in the Christmas challenges, twice Ellen has attempted to use some in-game medium to draw a Pikachunote , and twice it has been found by Andy, in his capacity as a blind judge, to be subpar. In particular, his review of her second attempt was harsh enough to border on being a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. And to add insult to injury, both times while they were doing it Luke had commented that he thought Ellen's was better than his.
    • Battlefield 1 had a particularly crazy instance in which Mike needed to flush out some enemies who were one floor above him in a lighthouse. He throws a grenade at them, only for it to bounce off the hatch and fall back towards him. Mike tries to dodge, but falls down three flights of stairs inside the lighthouse and break his legs. Then, the grenade rests beside him and finally explodes, killing him.
    • In a train simulation video game, Mike manages to lock himself out of his own train while it slowly moves away from the station.
    Mike: Yeah, I've got no excuse for that one.
    • During a social deduction game in which the players need to find a werewolf, the group manages to kill two innocent villagersnote , leaving Andy to lose the game because the two werewolves got away scot free in one round.
    • During a playthrough of Among Us, Mike manages to miss two corpses in a row. He even stands on top of them.
    Andy: I think we've established that Mike isn't very good at this game.
    • During a 9-player game crossover with Eurogamer and Dicebreaker, guest player (and Oxventure DM) Johnny Chiodini manages to get the entire group to vote them out when they casually mention that they encountered Mike's corpse, despite the fact it was an emergency meeting called, not a corpse report, and therefore no one else even knew Mike was dead. note .
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: At one point, Jane Douglas claims that the "eleven herbs and spices" used by KFC must be a lie, because there aren't eleven herbs and spices. She then tries to come up with a list, managing salt, pepper, and five-spice, making seven.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Jane may be a Mad Scientist with aspirations to take over the world but she protests strongly when Andy contemplates killing horses in Red Dead Redemption.
    • Mike has spent the entirety of his Hitman (2016) career as a Mad Bomber who immediately goes for the most over-the-top elimination possible and defaults to lethal solutions, an approach that has led to his record being something like nineteen non-target kills. The final mission of Patient Zero, in which the virus gets truly out of control, leads to so many casualties even he starts feeling bad about all the killing he's doing.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Ellen has a VERY strong girl-crush on Evie Frye.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Luke's Kingdom Come: Deliverance Survival Simulation is a bit excessive, to the point where choosing to have a bit of a lie-in causes Ellen to lose a life to dysentery.
    Luke: (sing-song) Medieval life was horrible!
  • Evil Laugh: Jane may be the Token Evil Teammate, but Andy's got her beat in this regard. The aforementioned "evil achievements" video was just the beginning...
  • Evil Teacher: During one list video, Luke badly plays a clarinet and comments that Miss Halsley that he'll master the embouchure...only for an assassinnote  to rise behind him and suffocate him with a clarinet.
    Assassin: Miss Halsley sends `er regards.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Andy attempts one for about, ooh, eight seconds in a video about good guys turning into bad guys and getting cooler thereby.
  • Facial Horror: While trying out NBA 2K15's face scan feature, the presenters are left screaming at the horror that is Jane's mangled in-game face.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When playing Among Us, Mike tends to not notice the dead bodies of his fellow crewmates or, as he puts it, he has "corpse blindness".
  • Fanon Discontinuity: In-Universe.
  • Fanservice:
  • Fate Worse than Death: Referenced in this video, in which Andy claims that a Black Hole is only second-worse than a Nickelback Concert on the proposed list of "things you don't want to be near your face".
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Mike draws a Venus Fly Trap screaming "Feed me!" during a Jackbox livestream in which the contestants draw weapons to commit murder.
    Johnny: Whoever drew that, I want you to get away with it. Because that is adorable!
  • Food End:
    Andy: ...and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky—seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness. And then they all went for ice-cream sundaes.
    • During a discussion during Show of the Week, a discussion about a breakfast menu seen in a video game causes Mike to leave in the middle and go for brunch. The last scene has Jane narrating the ending while Mike eats pancakes.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode:
  • Friendly Pirate: The Dungeons & Dragons Actual Play series consists of this:
    • Andy's character, Corazón de Ballena, is technically the least ethical member of the party apart from Prudence. But he still comes across as a downplayed example by way of being a Loveable Rogue.
    • Rust-on-the-Harbour from the "The Corn Ultimatum" adventure is a straight example, being a cheerful French accented tabaxi assassin who agrees to help the party for the princely sum of 1 gold (and even manages to win over Corazón eventually).
  • Full-Frontal Assault: One of the challenges in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge for 2015 was the Nude Mayor Punching. Repeated again for 2016 in the Nude Jarl Punching. And again in 2017 with the Nude Elder Punching challenge. Curiously, Mike selected this challenge every year.
  • Fun T-Shirt: So, so many. Recurring ones include Luke's Silent Princess shirt, Jane's Solaire shirt, Andy's "Kojima" shirt, etc.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Discussed in a couple of list videos, but the crew have come up with their own as well.
    • FLAMINGOs never say die.
    • Jane and Andy's Evil Genius 2 livestream had several S.P.E.C.T.R.E.-style acronyms proposed by the viewers, such as C.E.P.H.A.L.O.P.O.D.note  and O.C.T.O.P.U.S.note .
  • Gag Censor: Ellen uses a Yarny doll as a visual aid in "7 Bosses You Could Only Run From," but it's falling apart pretty badly and she decides that she hates it. One quick pixelation later, and we can continue with the video.
  • Genius Loci: Andy is revealed to be the human avatar of one in the Jan 14, 2017 episode of Show of the Weekend, who in 2028 will have become too powerful for Earth's forces to contain.
    • If Andy's comments on the matter are any indication, he hasn't quite gotten to that point yet, but he's trying to.
  • Genre Savvy: Commenters accused Ellen of this, during the Barista Simulator livestream.
    Ellen distancing herself from this business venture from minute ONE, by letting Luke put his name on it, is how you know she's taken a marketing course at some point in her life.
  • Gilligan Cut: Luke shows John the memetic "Detective Pikachu dance," and wonders why Ellen didn't reply when he sent her the clip. Meanwhile, across town...
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Luke loses his mind while trapped in the studio over Christmas one year.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: A common outcome whenever the crew plays a management-type game (and to a lesser extent, a "Hitman" level). Highlights include ''Cities: Skylines'', ''Overcooked'', and ''Barista Sim''.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Referenced in a Hitman (2016) video that had Jane playing, Mike advising her to throw a screwdriver at the target in a crowded sauna, and Andy mentioning that might not be the stealthiest course of action. There is even a photoshopped Andy's face on an angel and Mike's face on a devil.
  • Got Me Doing It: Andy when describing Shovel Knight's "Butt Mode" in this video.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A running gag in their Red Dead Redemption Let's Plays is that "Horson Welles", John's horse, reacts like a petulant Clingy Jealous Girl whenever he sees John interact with another horse for whatever reason.
  • Griefer: Mike ends up doing this to Andy when the team try out the "Ghost Mode" multiplayer mode of Hitman 2 during beta. Both players are assigned to kill a particular target, but their actions in the level affect the other's playthrough. Andy, of course, tries to stealth his way through the kills as he normally does when playing the game. Unfortunately for him, Mike is his usual reckless and uncaring self and ends up following Andy around causing chaos and carelessly killing the target before Andy can set up an unnoticed kill. You practically feel Andy's rage radiating from the screen.
  • Hands Go Down: In the intro of "7 Genius End Credits We Actually Watched", Ellen asks who sat through end credits by choice. Hands raise. When she says "And not because you want to see the post-credits scene in a Marvel film", down go the hands.
  • Happy Dance:
    • During a playthrough of ARMS, Luke and Ellen do as they go off camera. Also, Ellen does one when she wins a match.
    Luke: This is what I put up with everyday.
    • When Ellen defeated Luke at "Wimbledungeons" (a tennis simulator using tabletop-RPG mechanics).
    Luke: You can't shake hands in a gentlemanly way and then just keep dancing!
    Johnny Chiodini: Apparently you can.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Ellen can perfectly replicate the paralyzing scream of a Redead.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Show of the Weekend has a section featuring outtakes from both channels' videos. Show of the Week does it at the end of every year.
  • Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: The "6 Games That Are Better If You Just Never Finish Them" measures the ending of one of the games described in units of the death of Mufasa.
  • How Is That Even Possible?: Ellen's response to the Dante's Inferno version of Cerberus somehow being able to catch Dante in its mouth in mid-air right before he could stick his scythe into its head.
    Ellen: Aghh!! How did it even know I was there?! It doesn't have eyes! It just has mouths!
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The presenters of Xtra, Luke and Ellen, as lampshaded on both channels note . Played for Laughs when Ellen angrily leaves after some comments to make some tea, only to realize tea bags were on the top shelf. Their attempt to form a Yooka-Laylee-style team-up also proved short-lived when Luke realised that in practice it was just Ellen using him to reach things down from high shelves.
    • Exploited for comedy again in the "How Much Is Your Time Worth?" video, where the camera spends most of the episode focused on Ellen and her whiteboard. Luke, who is holding the whiteboard, is usually only visible from the chin downwards.
  • Hurricane of Puns:
    • The vast majority of list episodes subtitle each fresh entry with some kind of pun.
    • When Mike and Ellen play the Battlefront Rogue One DLC, nearly everything either of them says between the first appearance of Jyn Erso and the end of the mission is some kind of gin pun.
    • Any number of list episodes feature someone unleashing a barrage of puns while someone (usually but not exclusively Andy) boos them from offscreen. At one point a time-traveling Andy came back in time to boo one of Andy's own puns.
  • The Hyena: Ellen—not constantly, but about Once an Episode. The "Powerful Butt" incident is just one example.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: During their Grand Theft Auto V heists, the team would often be joined by a player named Nerascus whom they've dubbed as their "intern". More often than not, the intern would perform better than the team, getting them out of tricky situations, and receiving a higher score.
  • Hypocritical Humor: 7 Health and Safety Nightmares Down To Insanely Negligent Workplace Design has Andy talk about bad workplace design while uncovering some... questionable things about the Outside Xbox office including a microwave that is more dangerous than Aperture Science's testingnote , an annual "Bring Your Alligator To Work Day"note , a "Laser Death Grid"note , the anthrax in the kitchennote , and the weekly fire drillnote . Yeah
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: During a social deduction game.
    Luke: Look, you can accuse me of many things, including being a werewolf. But you can't accuse me of legalese.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Andy's sole concern about Luke being lost in time is whether he can have Luke's shoes.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Done accidentally when Jane and Andy played Sheltered. One of their bunkermates, Martha, dies and Jane selects "Harvest" the corpse without realizing what that doesnote . They get over it pretty quickly, and are honestly surprised it took them that long to resort to cannibalism.
      Andy: Come and have some delicious Martha meat.
    • In Cities: Skylines, this is invoked when Mike is granted naming rights to a crematorium. He calls it Mike's Grille.
      Mike: I would advise anyone not to eat anything in the staff canteen.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: On several occasions, but the "Siberian Prison" sniper level of Hitman 2 is one good example. Andy eventually gets the hang of the sniper rifle... sort of.
  • Implausible Deniability: In the Show of the Week covering Batman: Return to Arkham, Mike mentions that he's been brushing up on his batarang skills. Jane then reveals that the neighbour's window was mysteriously found broken, with a batarang among the wreckage. Mike denies that he knows anything about that, and when pressed by Jane proceeds to deny that he knows what a batarang even is, and then to deny that he knows anybody named Mike.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: When playing Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall, Mike decides to assassinate the target by shooting him with a pistol from across the square. He succeeds.
  • Improv: Show of the Weekend on Outside Xtra is almost always twice as long as Show of the Week on the main Outside Xbox channel due to both Luke and Ellen taking more liberties with the script....and lots of tangents. Show of the Week has some improv, but is by and large far more scripted. This changed in early 2019 as Show of the Week's comments sections are very lengthy and unscripted now, bringing Show of the Week up to similar length of Show of the Weekend. It's still applicable to the earlier Shows of the Week.
  • Indy Ploy: In contrast to Andy's meticulous, silent approach and Mike's "Kill Them All" style, Jane handles stealth games by approaching the targets and then looking to the environment for clues and/or opportunities.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • The presenters' Grand Theft Auto Online characters are designed to look as much as themselves as possible.
    • In general, Jane tries to make most of her characters look as much like her as possible whenever their appearances are customizable. Averted whenever Mike & Andy are making a custom character for a wrestling or MMA game, where they inevitably try to abuse the character creator to make the most disturbing, distorted, or absurd character they can.
  • Ironic Echo: During a variant of Among Us called hide and seek.
    Luke: Ian's in the lab! I had to wait and say it so he didn't double back and get me.
    [Ian kills Luke]
    Andy: Did he double back and get you?
Luke: He doubled back and got me.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: In the video where the Oxbox crew try out the Sea of Thieves chicken hunt quest, they notice Chicken Isle on the map and decide it might be a good place to look for chickens.
    Jane: There better be damn chickens on Chicken Isle, it's not just a name.
    Andy: So you're telling me there's no chickens on Chicken Island.
  • Ironic Name: Not in the game itself, but in the team's playthrough of the Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus DLC "Diaries of Agent Silent Death", the titular agent's codename is rendered unbelievably ironic. Mainly due to Andy's tendency to run through the levels firing a machine gun while screaming "SILENT DEAAAAAAAATH" at all the Germans.
  • Jump Scare: During the popular hide-and-seek variation of Among Us, Luke is about to walk into decontamination, to run right into the killer. He invokes the trope after he's killed, saying it was the best one of their Halloween livestreams.
  • Kick the Dog: In the Fallout 4: 8 Little Ways We've Been Evil in Fallout 4 So Far, Jane details the various ways she's engaged in wicked deeds in Fallout 4, up to and including shooting Dogmeat.
    • Then there's their video on what they've done in the name of achievements.
  • Kill Sat
    • Apparently Jane wants one to write her initials on the Moon.
    • In the 2018 GTA Heists, Mike acquires an Orbital laser. It costs half a million dollars to fire, plus an extra 25000 dollars if you want it to be automatically targeted. Mike uses it to obliterate a player that had been harassing and repeatedly killing Andy. This prompts the other player to respond by bringing a fighter jet and interfering with the Ox Crew's heist by blowing them up over and over again.
  • Lame Comeback: When Mike compares the colour of Andy's chosen plane to an ambulance in one Christmas challenge video:
    Andy: Well, it's also the colour of...something good...shut up.
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • Andy is prone to yelling "BOOOOO" from offscreen in response to a bad pun when it's his turn to be the "designated offscreen yeller".
    • Ellen makes puns all the time, and gets boos from whoever's offscreen. Jane sometimes picks up on this.
    • The usual suspects notably switch places in "7 Cutesy Games... Commenter Edition," when Luke explains that the studio is being powered by Charmander's cuteness.
      Luke: We call it Squee-newable energy.
      Ellen: (offscreen) No we don't.
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: As Luke makes clear, nobody understands Ellen's Monarch of the Glen references.
  • Laser Sight: Discussed when talking about Sniper Luigi from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Luke is worried that his previous insults to Luigi will cause him to seek revenge. Ellen brushes it off until she sees a laser sight trained on Luke's head. As it turns out, it was just Andy.
    Andy: Where's Luke, I wanted to show him this new cat toy.
    Ellen: Oh, he's just cowering in fear.
    Andy: Oh well, more cat toy for us. [shines the light] Go get it!
    Ellen: [dashes after the light like a cat]
    Andy: Awww, she's having fun.
  • Last-Name Basis: During livestreams when Dicebreaker hosts Alex Lolies and Michael Whelan join in, the former is referred to almost exclusively by her last name and the latter is called "Wheels" which is derived from his last name.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
  • Late to the Realization: Andy during the final entry of their "8 Videogame Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone" video:
    Andy: Much was made in the buildup to the release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 of new character Jaycee, a mysterious luchadora who was—
    Jane: [off-screen] It's Julia Chang!
    Andy: [taken aback slightly] ... her pendant and moveset seemed quite familiar to long-term fans of the series, some of whom theorized—
    Jane: [off-screen] Julia Chang. It's clearly Julia Chang.
    Andy: One second... then there was the name: Jaycee. J-C. Could that have any signifi—
    Jane: [off-screen] It stands for Julia Chang!
    Andy: Oh, my God, it's Julia Chang. Who saw that coming?!
    Mike and Jane: [off-screen] We all did!
    Andy: [in resignation] Yes, fine, okay.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Discussed in the 12 April, 2019 Show of the Week episode, in which Andy and Jane were talking about comments from their Red Shirt video, and one of the people on that video was L. Jenkins from Mass Effect 2. A commenter picked up on the supposed reference, and it had transpired Andy knew very little about the trope, and only its Memetic Mutation. Jane swiftly explains the general trope to Andy, even showing footage of the incident.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Sweet, bubbly Ellen is (usually) the light feminine, and sly, mischievous Jane is (usually) the dark feminine.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: In Show of the Weekend: Nier Automata and the Vase of Mescutio, Ellen has to ad-lib a story about a coffee cup. At one point, she comes up with the "Dark Wizard Andy" while Andy is just off-screen.
  • The Load: Exo Nebula, the "intern" who assisted the gang on some of their Grand Theft Auto Online heists proved to be more of a hindrance than a help and the trio had to actively take measures to make sure he wouldn't cause a mission failure. Mike even called the player a "Soft Lad" in frustration.
  • Locked Away in a Monastery: Part of the story created during Mario Golf for Ninji. Andy has the role of Ninji's father, and finds Ninji has ruined the Christmas turkey for the second year in a row. He laments that in older times, a son like Ninji could've been shipped off to the clergy and they'd no longer be the family's problem. Mike comments that Ninji is more a man of the latex than a man of the cloth.
  • Look Both Ways: Whenever the Outsidexbox crew plays Grand Theft Auto Online, they have a particular habit of being run over when crossing the road. Whether it's by each other, other players, or NPCs. An infamous example is when Andy gets knocked by a truck into the path of another car which pins him against a van which then properly runs over him followed by the second car.
  • Lovable Coward:
    • Andy doesn't really do well with horror games. Naturally he's always the one with the controller when the team plays them.
    • Ellen is even worse. There are two videos specifically about how scary she finds something.
    • October 2020 brought us the Ellen's Fear Academy series of livestreams, in which Ellen plays a different scary game each week while one of the other team members provides (questionable) moral support from the observation chamber.note  The resulting jumpscare supercut is an hour long.
  • Lying to Protect Your Feelings:
    • Jane claims that her mother believes that Jane is a doctor:
    Jane: A white lie is a falsehood told to protect someone's feelings, like when you tell your mum you're a doctor instead of someone who makes videos about video games on YouTube for a living. [phone rings] Hi, Mum! Yeah, can't talk right now... I've got a bleeder! Um... I'm starting CPR! Someone get me some gauze and a crash cart and 10 CCs of... gauze!
    • During the Resident Evil Village playthrough, Jane missed the Castle Dimistrecu playthrough and, when she returned, she wondered where the tall vampire lady went.
    Andy: Oh, she's...tired and told us to continue without her.
    Jane: Where did you get that crystal tall vampire lady?
    Andy: Found it.
    Commenter: Tell her she went to live on a farm upstate with the other tall vampire ladies.
  • Mad Bomber: When playing most games, particularly Hitman (2016), Mike tends to gravitate towards explosions or fire, a personality he hams up for the camera.
    Commenter: New viewer here, I accidentally clicked to the end of the video and Mike's crotch was on fire, is this normal?
    Andy:(shaking his head while Mike attempts to light matches on fire) Sadly, yes.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Show of the Week's viewer mail segment is introduced by one of the hosts announcing that it's time to look at the comments viewers have made on Youtube, on Twitter, or [elaborate and impractical alternative method of communication].
  • Mad Scientist: Jane is the most scientifically educated of the team, and is repeatedly indicated to have a slightly more than usual enthusiasm for world domination. That said, most of her actual experiments consist of dicking around with her teammates and/or videogame NPCs.
    • Luke slips into this when testing whether VR made Resident Evil 7 scarier. When someone introduces you to "Dr Luke's Horrortorium", it's probably time to leave.
  • Mafia Princess: Apparently, Ellen is one in her spare time, if her Suspiciously Specific Denial about boys and cement shoes is anything to go by.
  • Magic Antidote:
    • Jane poisons Andy at one point, promising him the antidote later. When asked where he wants to go for lunch following the show's Running Gag, Andy asks if the new Chinese place down the street makes antidote.
    • In one "Show of the Weekend" episode, Jane also has a magical elixir that cures with one drop but brings the living death with two. Once Luke turns it down, she chugs it straight from the bottle.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In the stinger of one Show of the Week, Andy is murdered off camera by an Ax-Crazy Jane with a nail gun. This is represented by his voice being heard calmly remarking "Argh, nails."
  • Makes As Much Sense In Context: Ellen explains Death Stranding to Luke, who replies "Am I still awake?"
  • Malicious Misnaming: In "Seven Superheroes Betrayed by Their Own Crappy Game," Ellen criticizes the title of Captain America in: The Doom Tube of Dr. Megalomann for being "weird" and "hard to remember." She proves her point by misreading it in several creative ways throughout the rest of the segment.
  • Medal of Dishonor: In this video's intro, Andy holds up a certificate for "most times resuscitated" in a swimming course he took in 2016. Even the clip art on the award is inverted, to make it look like he's going in head first.
  • Mistaken Identity: There's actually two Jane Douglass's in the past: A brothel keeper in mid 17th century London and a Scottish noblewoman. This is addressed in a Show of the Week episode where Jane corrects an Amazon Echo to say that Jane isn't a vampire and has a perfectly normal human lifespan.
  • Mondegreen Gag: In "7 Fan Theories So Mind-Blowing We Hope They're True", Mike mishears a quote from the end of the first Halo game:
    Mike: The only one to survive the complete destruction of the Halo was some dude called Dustin Echoes. This Dustin Echoes guy must be a total badass!
    Andy: [off-screen] Dust and echoes!
    Mike: Yeah, I... knew that. I was just... testing you...
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: In the "7 Weirdest Easter Eggs" video, Jane goes to great lengths to avoid saying exactly what song by The Prodigy is being referenced by the line "Smack my bishop" from Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.
  • No Animals Were Harmed:
    • A video about fake-out endings features a fake credits roll partway through ending with "No animals were harmed in the making of this video except that one marmoset."
    • A later Show of the Week returning to the topic also has a fake credits roll partway through, this one ending with "No animals were harmed in the making of this programme, except that one bad cat who totally had it coming, don't believe his lies."
  • No OSHA Compliance:
  • No Sympathy:
    • Played for laughs. When playing Grand Theft Auto Online, Jane scolds Andy for getting shot.
      Andy: What's wrong with us is that we're not invulnerable to bullets and the bullets went into us and made holes into us...
      Jane: Yeah, I'm hearing a lot of excuses, Andy, not a lot of solutions.
    • When Andy gets his superhero cape stuck in passing cars, Jane would rather pose for selfies.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In the 7 Alien Races That Look Like Beautiful Human Women by Amazing Coincidence video, Mike describes the Orions and adds "This isn't some fanfic written by a horny 13-year old, this is the real thing".
  • Not So Above It All: While playing Among Us on the airship map, Ian and Wheels spent all the time joking about the ketchup and mustard bottles in the kitchen. Luke, as Ian's partner in chaos, is eager to go along...and the more serious minded Ellen, Jane, and Aoife all join in.
  • Off the Rails: Discussed by guest presenter Johnny Chiodini, the Dicebreaker and dungeon master for the Oxbox crew's Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, in 7 Ways D&D Players Destroy Their DM's Plans. They use their experiences with the crew to describe each situation and means to avoid these situations.
  • Off to Boarding School: In the Mario Golf fiction created for Ninji, Mike wonders why Ninji hasn't been shipped off to Military School. Luke reflects that he tried that already: Apparently, after Ninji presented himself for parade, the major-general was never the same.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Played with. While Jane can rattle off random science facts not covered by her master's in physics, she's often at a loss whenever Mike asks her something unrelated.
    • While playing Kerbal Space Program, after Mike's disastrous attempt:
      Mike: Go on then, Jane. With your degree in theoretical physics...
      Jane: It's got nothing to do with that; I just did the tutorial!
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: whenever Batman: Arkham City comes up, expect a reminder of how Jane once left Batman to die when playing as Catwoman.
    Jane: Just to see what would happen!
  • One Head Taller: Not in a romantic sense, but there is a very noticeable height difference between Luke and Ellen, which tends to crop up in their videos.
  • The Oner: Mike in "7 Surprising Ways Games Were Changed for Other Countries" has Mike go on a near-one-take rant to camera about the Crazy Castle series of games. The segment is notable for only have two breaks (both times it's footage interrupting Mike), but the great majority of the segment is Mike doing one long take to camera, and getting increasingly irritated at the name changes, confusing decisions of Kemco when localising the games and what licensed properties they were using in each region (at one point substituting Bugs Bunny for Ghost Busters of all things). As of writing, it holds the record for longest talking heads segment in an Outside Xbox list video (it lasts just under 3 and a half minutes!). For most of it, he also wears a pair of Nerd Glasses, to prove how serious he's being, and to make the audience aware of the wild ride of confusing information Mike is about to throw their way.
  • One-Steve Limit: During livestreams with Dicebreaker, there is another Mike: Michael Whelan. He is frequently referred to as "Wheels" to avoid confusion.
  • Oop North: Ellen is tasked with coming up with voices for normally unvoiced animal characters in video games. When she reaches Senu, the hawk, Andy immediately interrupts and gives her this kind of accent. Ellen and Luke can barely control themselves.
  • Organ Autonomy: "Eight Platforming Heroes Who Never Escaped the '90s" introduces a new Oxtra mascot, Mr. Wavy (a glove with googly eyes, worn by Ellen). It ends poorly.
  • Orphaned Series: The Shenmue II Let's Play. Turns out the save got corrupted.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope:
    • During a video about the most untrustworthy people in video games, Mike remarks that he is so trustworthy, you can feel free to leave your bank details in the comments section of the video. Next on screen is the phrase "Do not give Mike Channell your bank details."
    • During a video describing the worst gaming peripherals to ever hit the market, Jane remarks that if she wanted to get electrocuted, she could stick a fork in a toaster and not spend 99 pounds to do it. The bottom of the screen displays: "Do not stick a fork in a toaster."
    • When Andy and Jane attempted to recreate a cocktail from a recipe they read in Dishonored 2note , they read "ice, a handful, and nutmeg, fresh" as "a handful of nutmeg." A disclaimer at the bottom of the video claims "Spoiler: This is a dangerous amount of nutmeg. Like seriously, a dangerous amount. Do not eat this much nutmeg ever."
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Andy describes Parappa The Rapper as "definitely in my Top 3 Games About A Rapping Dog Of All Time".
  • Palette Swap: Invoked by Mike when Jane asks him to tag in his partner for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. He leaves the camera, and returns in a new T-shirt, declaring himself to be a palette-swapped character.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • In the Show of the Week for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Andy mocks the disguise of "Violet" as obviously being Lee. Mike then shows up at the end of the show wearing a green wig calling himself "Verdent."
    • The "Eight Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone" video features several examples of video games using this trope. It's presented by "Leonardo Micstand (a person you've never seen before)", who is obviously Andy hiding behind a wig, a false nose, and a Line-of-Sight Name — at least until the end of the video, when the real Andy shows up and chases him away.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Used a few times as a response to drama (in-game or out). At one point, Andy opts for some tea during "7 Games That Were Nearly Extremely Boring," while covering the clash between Apple and Microsoft over Bungie Software and the Halo IP. Jane also happily munches on popcorn during the Fear Academy games while Ellen is handling a scary game.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Andy in "8 Achievements That Took Serious Planning: Commenter Edition" admits that the username of commenter DJomnific3nt is "a wicked strong password if you're looking for one."
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: In one video, Ellen claims that she only started her career as a Youtuber due to a typo, and that actually all her training was as a yewcuber, which she explains is a person who cuts yew trees into wooden cubes.
  • Person as Verb:
    • To "Ellen"note  someone is to ask them a multiple choice question where the correct answer is not given as one of the choices.
    • To "Mike" is to undertake a stealth or otherwise non-action game with as much violence or action as possible. Going "Full Mike" means to approach a stealth mission in a manner with all the subtlety of a full-on gunship assault and with only slightly lower round count.
    • They appear to have started using "John Marston-ing" to describe the act of exploiting someone's desire to find/acquire something or someone else by promising you'll help them do if they just complete your (often increasingly pointless or unpleasant) busywork for you.
  • Playful Otter: The "please stand by" caption page for the Outside Xtra livestreams feature pictures of a couple of friendly-looking otters.
    "Patience is a virtue", they seem to say.
    • They return for the outro, with the caption "Looks like these otters enjoyed the stream."
      • Ellen has also acquired an otter plushie as a quarantine stream mascot, which was promptly named Ottsio Ottertore.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: In the second Animal Crossing: New Horizons livestream, this is Andy's reaction to Luke going to his island in a purple bath towel and not much else. Luke puts up resistance to that request.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    • Andy drops one during the Assault on Fort Mercer in Red Dead Redemption.
      Andy: [while on a Gatling gun] Do you suffer from lead deficiency? Allow me to...sort that out for you.
    • Luke drops one in Xtra's second episode of the Kingdom of Amalur Let's Play.
      Luke: All right brownies, Welcome to Hell. Population: you.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    Jane: Come on, this is for science, Mike.
    Mike: Sound-Effect Bleep Science!
    • During a show when Luke was forced to eat a Carolina Reaper-flavored jellybean.
    Andy: How are you feeling, Luke?
    Luke: I'm feeling bad, Andy, because I just ate a massively Sound-Effect Bleep-ing spicy jelly bean.
  • Product Placement:
    • Some videos about new games have "Sponsored Content" in the title.
    • Jane's astronaut training wasn't explicitly part of the promotional effort for Mass Effect: Andromeda, but the "Andromeda Initiative" patches on everyone's jumpsuits were a bit of a giveaway.
    • Discussed in the "7 Awkward Product Placements That Put You Off Said Product, Probably" video, discussing placements gone bad. They parody this by offering a strange product called Wondergel that tastes like cinnamon. They say it does everything, but it kills the plants and Andy faints when drinking it.
  • Punny Name:
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Luke has the personality down pat.
    • When noticing a jumbo jet sliding towards him (and later, when Mike mentions finding unexploded World War II ordnance while digging in his garden), Luke could only muster "This could be a problem."
    • When playing Soul Calibur VI at a preview event with Andy, he manages to get shoved out of the ring. His response: "I strongly dislike what happened just now." He then remarks he will send a sternly worded letter, and if that doesn't work, he'll "go nuclear", which is disdainful tutting.
    • During the Mario Golf fiction, Luke reflects that he's tried everything he can think of to get Ninji to behave. However, he refuses to try a hug, as there are some lines that can't be crossed.
  • Rage Quit: Jane is supposedly prone to these. (Considering her reaction to slimes escaping and eating her other resources in Slime Rancher, it's unclear how much of this is a joke.)
    • From "7 Final Bosses You Got to Play As":
      Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a game of two halves. Much like football—or Monopoly, when I lose at Monopoly and rip the board in half.
    • From the commenter edition of "7 'Bad' Endings":
      Now, I could have sworn that the ending of Dark Souls is you Frisbee-ing the disk into a quarry after your four hundredth defeat to Ornstein and Smough. But apparently there is more game after that?
  • Rapid-Fire "No!":
    • Jane's response to the spider from Limbo is just a series of "nope"s followed by leaving the room.
    • Luke created a quiz for Ellen in which he had a character don disguises in Animal Crossing and Ellen had to guess how that person could secretly be an assassin. When Luke dresses up like a patchy urchin with a pig snout, Ellen gets so creeped out she starts noping out, while Jon's character quietly flees the studio.
  • A Rare Sentence: Andy had never heard the phrase "Jacuzzi emergency landing" prior to this video, while Mike had never used the phrase "maybe Brooker will have turned around and I'll have a clear shot at the testicles" prior to this one.
  • Relax-o-Vision: During the live let's-play of Friday the 13th: The Game's single-player challenge mode, Andy, Jane and Mike find the Sex Signals Death cutscene in the "Packanack Party" level so disturbing on multiple levels that when they fail the level and have to retry, they cut the game feed during the cutscene and just show their horrified reactions (and Jane attempting to hum a relaxing tune). Not an entirely straight example, because the audience does get to see the full horror the first time around.
  • Running Gag:
    • Almost every "Show of the Week" video ends with two of the cast-members deciding to go for lunch, only for something (of varying degrees of surreality) to intervene and prevent them from doing so.
    • While not as prevalent, there's an ongoing joke about the team's pronunciation of the word 'beta'note  whenever an upcoming game's open beta starts.
    • Ellen's Outside Xbox fanfiction gets mentioned quite frequently.
    • "Show of the Week/Weekend" segments getting interrupted by an outside party, who asks what's going on, and gets a response along the lines of "Normal things!"
    • Whenever Andy goes outside the studio, he always ends up going insane.
    • The typical Lame Pun Reaction goes something like this:
    Person On-Screen:note  [Makes an pun]
    Person Off-Screen:note  BOOOOOOO!
    Person On-Screen: [Responds, usually either by smirking, doubling down on the pun or protesting]
    Person Off-Screen: Boo.
    • Whenever someone mentions having an agent, it will always be Andy with a new piece accessory and some ridiculous name (usually Bud Fensler).
    • Andy (and occasionally Luke) responding to new or interesting developments with "Wellity, wellity, wellity."
      Jane (from the "Metacritic Worst Game Challenge" stream): It's a bit like Shakespeare, you know; you're doing Simpsons references all the time without realizing it, because it's so influential.
    • Any video involving a Batman game will contain one or more of: jokes about nobody realizing Batman and Bruce Wayne are the same man (usually involving a comment about them clearly having the same chin); lampshading of how badly gameplay stretches Batman's "no killing" rule; Andy rating the Arkham series version of the Riddler as Batman's least effective adversary ever.
    • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is always rendered as "Leggle Marvos".
    • Ellen in real life quite likes Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, but the presenters of both shows tend to exaggerate this to absurd levels.
    • Mike's attempts at stealth in games inevitably devolving into explosions and murder. Both in and of itself and his habit of doing this being mentioned, to the point his name is used as a verb to describe this happening.
    • Whenever they stream Mario Party, Peach is a despot who must be kept poor at all costs, it's good luck to poison Monty Mole, and the whole game is midway between Game of Thrones and the Russian Revolution.
    • A stream for Quiplash 3 with Dicebreaker and Eurogamer contains answers such as someone claiming to be Jane to get votes, "Tall Vampire Lady", and "Cook Hot Meat".
    • "7 WTF Enemies Who Wandered in From a Different Genre" includes calls to Shigeru Miyamoto, including in unexpected times.invoked
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • The Spelunky 2 livestream may have broken Luke.
      "Mhm, mhm, mhm, mmkay, okay, okay— 'Do you need to take a break, Luke?' says [a viewer in chat]. No. Take a break? Do people think I need to take a break? I don't think so. I don't think anyone's saying that. Let's buy more bombs."
    • It happened again when Luke played Barista Simulator: despite Ellen's attempts to keep him grounded, he went from tidying up and picking out a shop name, to fighting customers with a baseball bat and shutting the shop down to sleep for several days straight.
  • Saying Too Much:
    • Luke admits that he and Mike celebrate Christmas starting in November. This leads Ellen to remark that she got their admission on tape, causing Andy and Cameraman John to haul them off to Christmas Jail until December, when one can finally start celebrating Christmas.
    • After nearly six years of Not Telling Luke, Ellen lets it slip that she visited Legoland without him.note 
  • Scenery Porn: The first Let's Play Hokkaido video has both Andy and Jane take a brief holiday in 47's suite, not leaving their starting point for what appears to be a good couple of minutes. Andy immediately notices the view, and Jane is simply in awe of the mountain view the room looks over.
  • Screaming at Squick: Neither Andy nor Mike takes Who Will Get The Girl? at all well.
    Mike: MY EYES!
  • Self-Deprecation: To wit, this makes a huge portion of their humour. They know they're not skilled players and have no problem lampooning that fact. For example:
    • To celebrate reaching one million subscribers, they made a video titled "11 Times We Were Just the Worst at Stealth" which showed highlights of their long history of being bad at being sneaky (mostly Mike or under the advice of Mike).
    • At the start of 2016, they looked back at their epic fails in 2015. There were quite a number of them.
    • And again for 2017.
    • Jane does it when discussing the opening werewolf fight from Bloodborne in "7 Games That Tried To Kill You Immediately, Part 2":
    Jane: But if you're good enough at Bloodborne, you can instead beat this werewolf to death with your bare fists and just carry on about your business. (cut to a clip of Jane being killed by the werewolf, then back to Jane) And that's where a clip of that happening would have gone if I'd ever been able to do it.
  • Serial Killer: Andy's version of Agent 47 falls into this during the Colorado mission in Hitman (2016), starting by taking a mannequin arm as a trophy and culminating in completing an assassination while dressed as a scarecrow. In a subsequent mission, he adopts a costume based on Ghostface from Scream.
  • Serious Business:
    • Playing Mouse Trap. That is, the 1980s children's board game Mouse Trap.
    • Space Buddies in Among Us, when you stick with your buddy no matter what. It doesn't matter if they're a murdering shapeshifting impostor.
    Andy: I'll die before I turn on my Space Buddy.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The crews' method of explaining all the adult jokes in the "7 Joke We Didn't Get Until Much Later" video and it's inevitable "Commenter Edition" was by explaining the jokes in a roundabout way that, surprisingly, makes none of them use any profanities or naming the actual...acts on camera.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Invoked with "Sniper Luigi", their play on Luigi's role in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle as the sniper, who in their reckoning becomes a traumatised, dead-eyed veteran of an endless war against the Rabbids who knows nothing but cold, remorseless death delivered from a distance.
    Luke: He doesn't feel anything, not any more. The first 100 times, sure, but not now.
  • Shipper on Deck: Jane, in particular, is very invested in 47 and Diana.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single-Issue Wonk: Luke is generally quite laidback and relaxed about things, but he can get very intense on the subject of dinosaurs and the accurate depiction thereof (he's particularly concerned that theropods such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor be depicted with the feathers that contemporary science indicates they should have), much to the exasperation of his much-less-concerned-about-accurate-dinosaurs workmates.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While the cast keep any real life romantic entanglements quiet, it is quite notable that Token Evil Teammate Jane always chooses the most sweet and wholesome video game boyfriends possible. Alistair, Kaidan and Jacob are three of her favorite romance options.
  • Skewed Priorities: Jane and Luke are big fans of Life Is Strange and, in particular, the character of Chloe. This leads to one video wherein the main character, Max, is vocally condemned because she gets a bit flaky about responding to Chloe's text messages. Which is fair enough by itself, no one likes being blanked after all, but can lead to some eyebrows being raised considering that in this same video, both of the people condemning Max for this reveal calmly that they are perfectly happy to choose the game ending where the entire town is destroyed and hundreds of people are killed simply because it means that Chloe is okay and some of those people were mean to her anyway.
  • Something Only They Would Say: During a trivia livestream where the goal is to guess who drew a picture, Mike immediately guesses that Andy drew a chainsaw, because the person wielding screamed "Groovy!" as a Shout-Out to Evil Dead's Ash Williams. And he was right.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep:
    • During one "Show of the Weekend" episode, they bleep out all of the components in a puzzle in Thimbleweed Park that Andy is explaining, as the game had been recently released and he wanted to avoid spoiling the puzzle's solution.
    • Another video has them joke that if they let James speak, they have to pay him more.
      James: Hey! I-[BLEEEEEP]
      Mike: Ha, nice try. We'll just bleep all of that.
      James: [longer BLEEEEEEP while Mike and Andy look disturbed]
      Andy: Well. We're definitely going to have to bleep that.
  • Southern Belle: Evangeline Greennote , who supposedly dubs over Andy's lines for the American localisation of Oxbox videos. (Sadly, this joke has only been used once so far, but the accent does pop up in a couple episodes of Show of the Weekend.)
  • Spiders Are Scary: They certainly are to Ellen, who has arachnophobia. Luke once showed her footage of different video game spiders to scientifically ascertain how scary she found them, and she has been known to go Screw This, I'm Out of Here! when facing really big spiders like that one in Resident Evil 2.
  • Spit Take:
    • Invoked when Andy asks Mike to tell him about For Honor while he drinks a glass of water, noting that he gets upset with historical inaccuracy.
    • Invoked in the OX Supporters Club announcement video:
    Mike: We've been [making videos] for bloody ages. Let me just take a sip of water while Jane tells you exactly how long.
    Jane: Ten years!
    Mike: [spits out water]
  • Squee:
    • Ellen's reaction to Mike's description of the Palicoes in Monster Hunter: World, and to pretty much anything involving the Poogie in the same game.
    • Ellen, again, pretty much continually while playing Moss.
    • Luke isn't immune, as we learned from one of the Breath of the Wild streams.
      (Link meets Kheel, one of Kass and Amali's chicks)
      Ellen and Luke: Awww!
      Ellen: Oh my God! (unintelligible)
      Luke: Ellen, it's like you in a bird form!
  • Standard Snippet: Spoofed in one Hitman (2016) stream wherein they visit a resort in the Maldives. As Agent 47 runs around the island, Andy and Luke sing stereotypically "tropical" marimba music; later, when 47 acquires the disguise of a grizzled sea captain, the two effortlessly switch over to tooting out a Popeye-esque sea shanty.
  • The Stinger: Episodes of "Show of the Week" end with one. Usually two of the hosts attempt to go out for lunch, but fail to for various reasons.
  • Stocking Filler: Ellen frequently wears black stockings and a skirt.
  • The Stoic:
    • Mike has been mentioned to be nearly robotic when it comes to jump scares and other moments in horror games as opposed to frequently-scared Andy or Ellen.
    • Luke was this when venturing through a word of weirdness in Far Cry 5's Arcade Edition map, invoking floating clocks, spooky goats, and architecture shaped like tongues.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: This sometimes crops up in Jackbox games (which require the players to respond individually to specific questions/prompts). A couple of examples include Luke and Ellen separately suggesting getting sealed in the walls of a house, or Luke and Jane independently inventing denim paint. It also happens in RiffTrax, when multiple players will use some variation of powdering my breasts as a joke.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: In this video on 8 Alternate Costumes with Serious Explaining to Do, Andy brings up the Batman Beyond skin from the Arkham Knight games. He points out the rear of Bats is really distracting in that costume, and then does a Gag Sub of Bruce saying "Nothing at all!" three times, which then cuts to Andy squicked out and says:
    Andy: GaaAaAhHh, Stupid Sexy Batman!
  • Stylistic Suck: Show of the Week has a polished animated opening sequence. Show of the Weekend, on the other hand, has to make do with the title written in black marker on a notepad with Luke (badly) singing along to a ukelele.
    • In the "7 Parties You Don't Want an Invite To" commenter follow-up video, the whole crew (minus Andy) give a terrible rendition of "Wonderwall." Ellen really leans into it, though.note 
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Their liveshow at EGX 2017 opened with a voice that is clearly Andy insisting that they "definitely have their own announcer so stop asking".
    • The "Eight Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone" video is presented by a mysterious person who looks just like Andy wearing a wig and a false nose, who makes several comments along the lines of "That's an even worse disguise than the one that I would be wearing if I were wearing a disguise, which I'm not".
    • One episode of Show of the Weekend has Ellen accidentally shoot Andy with a VR aim controller. After hiding his body behind the purple sofa, Luke delivers the opening lyrics of the show with some twists.
      Luke: Show of the Weekend, everything is cool. Show of the Weekend, we didn't kill Andy.
      Ellen: Play the thing!note 
    • After a commenter jokes about Andy playing as if Mike were the one at the controls:
      Mike: Don't be ridiculous, Andy! How would I even go about constructing a voodoo doll that would allow me to remote control you? I mean, where would I find the scraps of clothing and bits of hair required to complete the ritual?
      Andy: ...that's pretty specific.
    • Mike's sure that he's never mentioned his love of Dark Souls on the Outside Xtra channel, or the Outside Xbox channel, or just to bored family members over dinner.
    • The re-release of Kingdoms of Amalur for the Xbox One was not easy on Ellen.
      Luke: ...Hang on, are those the same clothes that you were wearing last week?
      Ellen: (stammers) I've been home. I've bathed! Did Mike tell you otherwise? 'Cause he's a goddamn liar.
    • In the list video "7 Acronyms So Painful They Need an Ice Pack: Commenter Edition", Luke accidentally reveals that he might not be what he seems:
      Luke: When a breed of sinister robots is killing people and taking their places, your primary concerns should be: 1) What kick-ass name can we give the anti-robot taskforce and 2) Does anyone realize that I'm one of those robots? Wait, I've said too much...
      Luke: After all, who could possibly hope to get anything straightened out by an organization whose name stands for "Japanese Undercover Neuro Kinetic Elimination Ranger", which is exactly the kind of pitiful human word garbage that I, as a regular human, have no problem with.
    • Show of the Week for 14 December 2012:
      Jane: Welcome to Show of the Week, which is definitely a real show about video games, and not a money laundering operation for illegal backstreet gambling.
      Mike: That was unusually specific.
      Jane: And you'll stay out of it if you know what's good for you.
  • The Swear Jar: OX has jars for referencing Aliens: Colonial Marines, getting "Lost in The Outsider's eyes", making Dark Souls comparisons, and engaging in "Video Game Journalism Clichés" (such as, well, making Dark Souls comparisons).
  • Take Over the World: This appears to be Jane's long-term objective. How playing Mass Effect plays into this is left as an exercise for the reader.
  • Take That!:
    • Aliens: Colonial Marines is the team's favorite punching bag.
    • Ellen takes a couple of swipes at the Homefront games in one video, but elsewhere they're Beneath Notice.
    • The general theme in "7 Irritating Problems Video Games Suddenly Have Now", which takes potshots at Temporary Online Content (which leads to Ellen making some truly awful Sean Bean puns), the prevalence of Lootboxes in games that are as unreliable as they are rewarding, and having multiple editions for the same game that causes confusion and requires a spreadsheet to make sense of, among other things.
    • In "7 WTF Bosses Who Have Some Explaining to Do," the Morgan Freeman boss fight in South Park: The Fractured But Whole leads Andy to an uncomfortable realization.
      Andy: In the South Park universe, Morgan Freeman's acting career has hit the skids—unlike in real life, where he's starring in the upcoming (checks notes) third movie in the Olympus Has Fallen series, Angel Has Fallen. (Aside Glance)
    • Their reaction stream of the 2021 Xbox E3 showcase had unwanted Arabic subtitles. Jane didn't want to fiddle with settings during a trailer for an exciting game, so she had a try during the Fallout 76 update announcement.
    • Whenever The Simpsons games come up it's always made clear there no love for anything past Season 10.
  • Talking with Signs: During 7 Unskippable Openings You Never Want to Play Through Again, when discussing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Luke was reenacting the spoken lines of the opening while his actual lines are on a clipboard. He asks to be slapped out of it, and Ellen obliges.
  • Technobabble: In "7 Times a Game Was So Meta It Freaked You Out: The Return", Luke appends the entry for Psychonauts with various gaming colloquialisms' that sound like this; Looter Shooternote , Easter Eggnote , Camping note , Nerfnote , Rogue-like and Rogue-litenote , and Cheesenote .
  • Tempting Fate:
    • If you were to pick any one of their Let's Plays at random, start playing it, and hold your breath, you wouldn't have to wait very long before one of the crew confidently declares how well everything seems to be going mere moments before everything goes completely to pot. Almost guaranteed to happen if the one playing is Mike.
    • In the "7 Famous Movie Moments Ruined by the Game Adaptation", Andy cheerfully remarks that since movies and video games are two great things, putting them together should go well, and "what could be the worst that could happen." Immediately, a picture of Aliens: Colonial Marines is displayed.
      Andy: [indignant] You get that out of here!
    • While playing a game of Mario Party, Luke lands on a Bad Luck space literally one space before the star, and remarks that if he gets the result where the Star space moves, he will murder everyone in the bar they're playing at. No prizes for guessing his result.
    • During an Among Us playthrough using the proximity chat feature, Luke jokingly suggests bunching up together, so the Impostor could get a stack kill. Then it happens.note 
    • During a challenge in which the crew must spin a wheel and determine which spicy jellybean to eat, Luke hopes he doesn't get the Carolina Reaper. Predict what he gets.
  • The Tetris Effect:
    • At one point, Mike loses the ability to distinguish between reality and Peggle 2.
    • Ellen plays so many Lego games that she becomes temporarily convinced she's a minifigure.
    • Jane gets so addicted to the balloon hide-and-seek feature of Super Mario Odyssey she steals the balloons at a birthday party. She wasn't sure whose birthday it was, but from the balloons, she thinks they were five years old.
  • That Came Out Wrong: On "Show of the Weekend" for 26 January 2019, Mike and Luke are talking about decluttering, and the idea that one should get rid of everything that does not "spark joy." Mike is not keen.
    Mike: Every single bit of my junk sparks joy.
Then he remembers the slang meaning of "junk."
  • That's All, Folks!: List features end with this. One of the hosts thanks the viewer for watching, encourages them to like the video and subscribe to the channel, and then rambles to encourage the viewer to watch more videos.
  • Tinfoil Hat:
    • When Super Mario Odyssey was released, Luke covers his hat in tinfoil to prevent Mario from possessing himnote . Ellen thinks he is paranoid, but then a Mario-hat wearing Andy comes over, talking like Mario and asks which one of them would like to give him their brain. Ellen immediately steals the hat from Luke's head.
    • During an episode about Far Cry 5, Luke is making a tinfoil hat because he's convinced the developers stole his idea to make Cheeseburger the bear. Ellen simply sighs and takes only mild notice, clearly learning her lesson from the last time.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Jane.
  • Touché: Ellen in the video "7 Ridiculously Expensive Games for When You Win the Lottery" which talks about ludicrously expensive games. She name drops the "Saints Row IV: Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition", which cost a million dollars, and gave you a copy of the game, a Toyota Prius, a Lamborghini Gallardo, plastic surgery, and too many other things to list here. She points out that nobody bought it and it was basically made to drum up publicity for the game... which she fell for by talking about it in the video. She promptly offers a "well played" to the developers.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Luke's The Evil Within 2-inspired choose-your-own-adventure "labyrinth of unhappiness" ends with the surprise revelation that Ellen was playing as "Milk Penguin", a white-fluid covered bird that appears in the trailer (and which Luke insists is a penguin, despite everyone else telling him it's a crow). When Ellen reacts with indignant incredulity to this revelation, a montage of clips is shown that demonstrate that the revelation actually was foreshadowed quite carefully throughout the storynote .
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Jane's libation of choice is gin.
    • Luke really likes macaroons. His love of them got him trapped in the office over Christmas.
    • More than once, Andy has mentioned a love of barbecue, and said if he ever got magic powers, he would have the power to make perfect barbecue.
  • Trap Door:
    • Andy had set one up in celebration of the 25th anniversary edition of Night Trap. Instead of catching Jane, he catches James.
    • Jane has one that she uses to launch Andy out of a window.
  • Unintentional Uncanny Valley: Ellen and Luke discuss this in a video about scariest spiders in a video game, as Ellen has arachnophobia. Some of the ones she's asked to review are actually not all that scary, such as Video Game/Minecraft, Dark Souls, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons because the spiders are so unrealistic looking that the concept of the spider is scarier than what she sees. This is in contrast to the more realistic scuttling and photorealistic spiders of Arachnogohma in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and the Black Tiger of the Resident Evil remake, whose motions fill her with dread.
  • Understatement: Luke has a knack for this.
    • In Grand Theft Auto Online he describes a plane falling towards his character with a surprisingly calm "This could be a problem."
    • In his Bloodborne livestream, he sees a matted, feral, vicious-looking werewolf emerging from a pool of blood and describes it as "not ideal."
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Played for laughs; Andy can get quite competitive whenever the crew are pitted against each other, and can indulge in a bit of gloating if he comes out on top. Such as in "Ellen's Big SNES Decision", when she eventually chooses his suggestion for which game she'd play first on the SNES Mini if she happened to acquire onenote :
    Andy: YES!!! I am the best at... liking SNES games.
    • Ellen's victory at "Wimbledungeons" (a tabletop-game tennis simulator) was also... less than dignified.
  • Verbal Backspace: Jane isn't impressed by the masks in We Happy Few, because she's worn creepier - seen creepier.
  • The Voice: James can be heard in the videos every so often. They "revealed" his face in the 2 Million Subscribers video, though he had appeared on camera before- most notably in his own State of Decay Let's Play series.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Mike is physically disgusted by the Great Mighty Poo, to the point that he has to vomit into a bucket.
  • Voodoo Doll: In one Show of the Week, Mike makes a voodoo doll of Andy (out of an action figure) so he can remotely control Andy to play a game when he's not able to attend a video session in person. The bit ends with him clumsily dropping the doll, and Andy suffering an Offscreen Crash.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: When Ellen was doing a stream of Cyberpunk 2077, a size mismatch between character model and clothing caused the model's breasts to clip through its clothes. Corpsing ensued.
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    • In the "7 Times a Game Over was More Fun than Winning" video, Luke starts quoting Spice Girls after observing that the villain in the game he's discussing looks like Posh Spice.
    • Later in the same video, Ellen quotes Spandau Ballet.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Occasionally, one of the crew will go off on a rant that gets interrupted by a test pattern, only cutting back once they've gotten it out of their system. In "7 Superheroes Betrayed by Their Own Crappy Game," for example, Ellen is not a fan of the Daredevil movie.
    • When Jane gets going in the "Titanfall Drinking Game" episode, it cuts away to a Stick of Truth-style Relax-o-Vision screen, apologizing for her swearing "like a sailor with his hornpipe caught in the ship's wheel."
    • When Ellen's trip to Legoland finally came to light, Luke walked out of the studio in shock, and the episode briefly cut to this message:
      After some quiet time alone and then an altercation where Jon wrestled Luke's finger away from the "Delete Channel" button, Luke was gently encouraged to return to the studio.
    • Then, of course, there's what happens whenever Amalur is mentioned around Ellen.
      Outside Xtra: (in a pinned comment under the "7 Disastrous Games" video) No, even with Re-Reckoning out, Ellen is still not over the whole Kingdoms of Amalur thing... THERE WAS A NEARLY FINISHED MMO, PEOPLE, NO STOP DRAGGING ME AWAY FROM THE KEYBOA-
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Heinous?: Mike offers two statements about himself: One is true, and the other is a lie. The statements are that he once played the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, or that he once played Jean Valjean and hasn't told Luke about it. Luke's reaction:
    Luke: Well, it better bloody be the dentist!
    Andy: Because if it isn't...
    Jane: Friendship over!
    Andy: You're getting a Jean Valjean sized ass whooping.
    Luke: Everything is on the line.
    Jane: There is an amnesty for playing Jean Valjean but you have to say it now.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: A Pet-Peeve Trope for the cast is when actors in games do shoddy accents, especially Fake Brits. Makes sense, since they're actually English themselves.
    • Ironically, they're not above doing this themselves, as Ellen proves when she tries to give Dogmeat from Fallout 76 a Boston accent.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Jane and Ellen are terrified of spiders and arachnids in general. Ellen, in particular, won't even play a game if it features spider enemies and is holding off on playing the console version of Skyrim until she can mod the many many spiders into something she isn't scared of. So of course Ellen is the one who has to rate video-game spiders and let the viewers know how scary she finds them.
    • In this video, Jane's entire contribution to the segment about the spider from Limbo is just a stream of "nope" before leaving her seat.
    • At one point Xtra got an entire video out of Ellen rating various videogame spiders from "creepy but endurable" to "refusing to look at the screen".
    • While discussing Prey (2017) she remarks it was less creepy when four Mimics split up rather than having one, just because the extra legs made it look like a spider.
    • And in this video, on learning that the final boss that the video is discussing is the giant spider/scorpion from Devil May Cry Ellen nopes out of there as quickly as possible and has to be replaced by Andy.
    • Ellen hates horror and suspense in general. So she's the one who has to play a horror game each Halloween while one of her co-hosts watches along to provide commentary and moral support.
  • With Catlike Tread:
    Mike: (on Hitman (2016), a game that penalizes you every time you kill someone other than the 2-4 targets) Now, unfortunately, I've not been allowed to bring a gun, which is going to make it extremely difficult to kill my usual nineteen people...
    • Pointing this out has essentially become a Running Gag, both by himself and by everyone else, with even some descriptions calling him such things as a 'whirling tornado of clumsy murder'.
  • World of Weirdness: The Show of the Week/End videos have essentially ended up here due to the Rule of Funny. Andy has become a vampire, a sentient planet, and gone insane everytime he leaves the studio; Mike a zombie (both temporarily), and was once raffled off to a fan; the studio has been attacked by aliens and malevolent wigs, and the studio has changed locations to be inside of a volcano, in a secret underwater lair, and in the middle of an Ancient Roman battlefield; and Luke and Ellen used a Pikachu toy with the power of time travel to retroactively attend a Nintendo Switch event.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jane at least would allow a child to get hurt and possibly die (in a video game, that is). In Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, she's curious to see what happens when Wiggins, one of the Baker Street Irregulars, stays inside a chimney while suffocating and again when he deliberately loses his balance on top of a narrow piece of wood across rooftops.
  • You Fool!: During a game of Among Us, Ellen gives one when the group votes to eliminate her.
  • You Have Failed Me: One possible outcome whenever Jane plays a management game. During an Evil Genius 2 livestream, for example, she requested likes from the viewers, with "overling" Andy monitoring them...
    Jane: Did you? We'll know if you didn't.
    Andy: You're going in The Pit if you didn't.
  • Your Mom: When Jane finishes a heavily-censored Cluster F-Bomb in "Show of the Week: The Titanfall Drinking Game", she pulls this on Mike:
    Mike: Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
    Jane: I kiss your mother with this mouth!


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Glorious Liability

When Barnaby starts boasting in a public restaurant about their latest heist, his teammates start rubbing their foreheads in frustration.

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Main / Facepalm

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